Tool Types and Categories

What is a tool type?

This is based on the tool's principal functions. Many tools have elements of more than one function and can therefore fall under more than one type.

  • Knowledge sharing tools share climate-specific knowledge with users, such as mitigation policy portals or adaptation knowledge-sharing websites.
  • Data and Information tools provide data and information to users, such as climate data of Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
  • Process guidance tools guide users through the adaptation/mitigation process, such as a tool that provides guidance on how to conduct a Technology Needs Assessment.

The dashboard has a tool type box, so that you can select one or more type of tool to refine your search.

What is a tool category?

This refers to tools that are clustered into categories, using widely recognised groupings in the adaptation and mitigation communities. For adaptation, the categorisation is based on recent reviews by Hammill and Tanner (2011) and Olhoff and Schaer (2010). For mitigation, broadly accepted categories in the international community have been used.

The list below makes the links between each tool category and its principal functions (tool type):

  • Adaptation assessment and process guidance tools - Process guidance tools on adaptation and climate resilience
  • Adaptation data and information tools - Data and information generation tools on adaptation
  • Adaptation knowledge sharing tools - Knowledge sharing tools on adaptation
  • Assessment of mitigation / resource potential - Data and information generation tools on mitigation
  • Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy models - Data and information generation tools on mitigation
  • Low carbon development / technology platforms or databases - Knowledge sharing tools on mitigation and low carbon
  • Low Emission Development Strategies - Process guidance tools on low carbon
  • Technology Needs Assessments - Process guidance tools that on both mitigation and adaptation

Using this guide

The tools in this guide have been categorised based on a number of key areas, as discussed in the last few sections. To learn more about how to use this guide and its key features, please go to the next section.